By Jess Ptacek, Program & Events Coordinator, Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
Wake Up Alexandria is an informative one-hour social networking event held the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month. Each event is sponsored by a different Chamber member and takes place either at their location or virtually via Zoom.
So why attend these events?
Networking opportunities: You will have the chance to meet a large group of people in a short amount of time. Additionally, if you work for a Chamber member business, you have the opportunity to make a 45-second announcement. You can announce an upcoming event, a job opening, a fundraiser, or simply tell everyone what your business does.
Community engagement: As an attendee, you will be there to engage and learn about all of the wonderful things happening in our community. Many of the businesses bring flyers or business cards to place on the promotions table and you are able to take those items back to your business to share with others or put on your calendar.
Learn about a business: At every event, you get a chance to learn about a business in our area. This could be a potential future client, business partner, or maybe vendor. The sponsoring business receives 10 minutes to share anything they wish with the attendees. They may introduce their staff, share a video or slideshow, or just tell you what their business does.
Learn about a non-profit: When a business decides to host, they select a non-profit Chamber member to be the Non-Profit of the Day at their event. A representative from that organization is given an opportunity to attend the event to share information about their organization.
The Pot of Gold: This drawing is the highly anticipated ending to our Wake Up Alexandria events. All Chamber members are placed in the drawing. The Chamber president draws one business name and if that business has a representative present at the time of the drawing, that business wins the Pot of Gold. The Pot of Gold is comprised of business items, discounted services, or gift certificates. Attending Wake Up means you give your business the chance to win the Pot of Gold!
As you can see, there are many reasons to attend Wake Up Alexandria. Whether you attend for one or all of them, we know you will learn something new! Visit the Wake Up Alexandria page on our website to view a list of upcoming Wake Up dates. https://www.alexandriamn.org/wakeupalexandria.html